First of all, big huge thanks to The Riverfront Times for voting Iron Stef Best Food Blog in St. Louis 2010! Holy cow! What an honor!! More on that in later post. First, I felt that, being that this may bring me some new readers, I should get this delicious salad up so that people aren't immediately confronted with my Slut's Spaghetti post. Not that I'm prude, but... First impressions and all.... :)
This is another fantastic salad for those looking to use winter produce. Clementines, those little, sweet candy of the fruit world are always around this time of year. And fennel and citrus are BFFs This salad has lots of crunch, freshness, and flavor contrasts.
Fennel & Clementine Salad with Creamy Sorrel Dressing
Slice fennel, red onion, granny smith apple, and apricots thinly. Peel and section clementines. Toss all with some fresh lemon juice. To make dressing, finely chop some fresh sorrel, about 8 leaves and about 2 Tablespoons of fennel fronds. Put in a container with a tight-fitting lid, add 2 Tablespoons heavy cream, 3 Tablespoons olive oil, 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard, a pinch of white pepper and salt, close securely and shake shake shake until combined and creamy. Serve fennel/fruit mixture on a bed of baby greens with some of the dressing drizzled on top.
Other salads that work for winter:
Turnip Poppy Seed Salad
Curried Chickpea Salad
Sesame Edamame Salad
Warm Roasted Cauliflower Salad